Syracuse will likely look to add three or four offensive linemen in the 2014 class. One that they've been targeting for a while is Chicago (IL) De La Salle Institute OG Aaron Roberts. The Orange turned that interest into an offer on Wednesday.
"Coach DeAndre Smith, I gave him a call," Roberts explained. "When I called, he told me that they were going to offer me. I was excited because it was my second BCS offer. I really like Syracuse from what I've seen so far. I was excited to be able to get one from Syracuse.
"Right now, Coach Smith seems like a very cool coach. He's down to earth from when I've been calling him sometimes. We've been talking a little bit when I call. He seems cool. I could see myself being coached by him. He's a real cool guy. I like the offensive linemen coach (Pat Perles) too. He's a cool guy too. He seems very knowledgeable."
In order to help him learn more about the Orange, Roberts is planning to visit Syracuse sometime over the summer.
"I definitely want to visit," Roberts admitted. "I have to talk to my parents about it, but I do want to get out to Syracuse this summer. I want to check it out because of the academics and stuff. They're a school I really want to look into."
Roberts also added an offer from in-state Illinois over the weekend. Having the hometown school offer was something that meant a lot to the 6-foot-4 guard.
"It's big getting one from Illinois," Roberts claimed. "Well, my mom went there. It was just big to know that the hometown school wants me to stay home and be with them. It was just an honor to know that Illinois wants me and to have that be my first one."
Syracuse and Illinois are quite a different distance from home for Roberts. He says, however, that distance will not play a factor in his final decision.
"Distance is not going to be a factor at all," Roberts said. "I have no problem going far away. Really what it comes down to is my relationship with the coaches. I want to be able to trust the coaches like a father figure. If I can do that, that's who I'm going to commit to."
While the two BCS schools are not Roberts' only offers, he says they are his favorites as of right now.
"I have three non-BCS offers," Roberts described. "I have Eastern Illinois, Indiana State, and North Dakota State. The only favorites I would have are Illinois and Syracuse.
"I think it's probably going to go into my senior season, but not after the season. I'll probably make my decision during the season."